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Remuneration:£13,260 per annum  

Location:Glasgow or Edinburgh 

Closing date:10 December 2020 at midday 

Appointment of a Member of the Board of Scottish Enterprise

Appointment for three years from 8 February 2021

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint one new Member to the Board of Scottish Enterprise from February 2021.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise (SE) is Scotland’s national economic development agency and has statutory powers to promote and assist economic development, enterprise and international competitiveness and to advise Scottish Ministers on all related matters. 

SE’s Strategic Framework outlines its vision for an economically vibrant Scotland making a positive impact on the world and sets out its aims to achieve that ambition through its Corporate Strategy and Operating Plan.  Scottish Enterprise’s ambitions are to:

  • Build vibrant economic communities across Scotland, spreading increased wealth and wellbeing by working with partners to invest in infrastructure, assets and companies as a means of creating good jobs with value in thriving places where people want to live and work.

  • Build Scotland’s reputation and reach in strategically important markets by bringing together assets, networks, campaigns and product initiatives in targeted geographical areas that leverage the Brand Scotland platform and our global networks.

  • Build resilience and growth in Scotland’s businesses, sectors and regions treating the root causes of business distress and leveraging data, insight and good judgement to forensically target the right growth opportunities.

  • Build future economic opportunities that will drive our international advantage by securing long-term, patient investment into enterprise ‘missions’ that will address long-term barriers to growth.

SE has its headquarters in Glasgow and is responsible in 2020-21 for an annual budget of approximately £530m.  This includes delivery of specific Covid grants on behalf of and fully funded by Scottish Government.  More typically, SE would deliver a budget in the region of c£350m.

The Board

Board Members are appointed by the Scottish Ministers in accordance with paragraph 5 (a) of Schedule 1 to the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990.  The appointments are made in line with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland issued by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

The Boards role and responsibilities

The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that SE fulfil the aims and objectives set by the Scottish Ministers and for promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources by SE in accordance with the principles of Best Value as set out in the Scottish Public Finance Manual (SPFM).  To this end, and in pursuit of its wider corporate responsibilities, the Board shall:

  • establish the overall strategic direction of SE, working with the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and within the policy, planning and resources framework determined by the Scottish Ministers;

  • ensure that the Scottish Ministers are kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of SE or on the attainability of its targets, and determine the steps needed to deal with such changes;

  • ensure that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds (i.e. all funds falling within the stewardship of SE) are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the sponsor Directorate, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that, in reaching decisions, the Board takes into account relevant guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers;

  • ensure that the Board receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of SE; is informed in a timely manner about any concerns about the activities of SE; and provides positive assurance to the sponsor Directorate that appropriate action has been taken on such concerns;

  • demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by setting up and using an independent audit committee - in accordance with the guidance on Audit Committees in the SPFM - to help the Board to address the key financial and other risks facing SE. The Board is expected to assure itself on the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems;

  • provide commitment and leadership in the development and promotion of Best Value principles throughout the organisation.

Board Member responsibilities

Individual Board Members shall act in accordance with their wider responsibility as Members of the Board - namely to:

  • comply at all times with the code of conduct for SE that is adopted by SE and with the rules relating to the use of public funds, conflicts of interest and confidentiality; acceptance of gifts and hospitality, and of business appointments;

  • not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal gain or for political profit, nor seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons or organisations;

  • act in good faith and in the best interests of SE at all times;

  • contribute to the work of the Board’s Committees (Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nominations & Governance);

  • support the Chief Executive, the Senior Management Team and wider SE staff, ensuring that the values and standards expected are maintained at all times;

  • take responsibility for specific tasks, including representing the Board as agreed with the Chair.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • experience of investment;

  • the ability to analyse and review complex issues affecting a major organisation, weigh up conflicting opinions and reach informed decisions;

  • the ability to engage with senior colleagues and Directors to challenge constructively and influence decision making within a board or team setting;

  • experience of operating effectively at a senior management level in a business/organisation/social enterprise;

  • an understanding of the Scottish Government’s economic development priorities for Scotland and the ability to work with partner organisations to achieve Scotland-wide benefits;

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for three years from February 2021 with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond.  Reappointment is not automatic.  Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.

Time Commitment, Remuneration, Expenses

It is anticipated that the appointment will involve a time commitment of up to 2½ days per month which includes attendance at Board meetings and preparation time ahead of each meeting.  The appointment attracts remuneration of £13,260 per annum plus expenses including reasonable travel and subsistence out with travel to Board meetings and dependant carer and childcare expenses.  Should travel expenses to Board meetings involve travel beyond the central belt a travel allowance will be paid.  The position is not pensionable.

More information about SE can be found at or by contacting Karen Hannah in SE at

How to apply

Application will be by letter which will encompass a tailored career history setting out evidence of the essential criteria.  This will be supported by a short application form that captures your personal details, declarations and monitoring information.

What you put in the letter will be the evidence that determines whether or not you will be shortlisted for the interview stage.  You must, therefore, demonstrate clearly the evidence required to show how you meet the essential criteria.  Please do not substitute a CV for the completed letter and tailored career history, as a CV, on its own, will not be considered.

If you feel you could contribute to the work of the Board then an application pack and full details can be found via the link below.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 10 December 2020.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, or if you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the application and selection process, you should contact the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please call 0300 244 1898 or email  

Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack